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Thursday 13 December 2018

No date for traffic light repairs

Problems with the traffic lights at junction by the Grand Hotel are causing delays for motorist and have been ongoing for six months
Problems with the traffic lights at junction by the Grand Hotel are causing delays for motorist and have been ongoing for six months

A firm date for when the traffic lights at the Grand Hotel junction will be repaired still hasn't been fixed.

District Engineer Kevin Scanlon gave the elected members of Wicklow Municipal District an update on the situation at their monthly meeting last week.

A problem with the sensors for the traffic lights means motorists are being delayed, even at times when there is little or no traffic on the roads. The problem has been ongoing for over six months now.

Councillors were informed that sensor wires have been installed and sealed and ducting works were due to commence once the contractor had visited the site this week.

'It took me nine minutes to get from Butlers Medical Hall to the Grand Hotel yesterday,' said Cllr Irene Winters.

However, Mr Scanlon warned that the works could prove complicated.

'The contractor will be here this week. It could be straight forward but my fear is what he might find'.

Mr Scanlon also provided an update at other projects currently taking place around the district. Tender approval is currently under way before a fire-damaged house in Roundwood can be fixed. The premises in Ashwood has been vacant since 2016.

The local authority has received €90,000 to repair snow-damaged roads.

Five new public liability cases against Wicklow Municipal District were made over the past month; three for public injury and two for material damage. There are also three live cases at different stages.

Cllr John Snell noted that a fundraising drive was taking place in Ashford to repair the damaged weir.

'It's very important that, as a District Engineer, you have conversation with Ashford Tidy Towns. A lot of fundraising efforts are taking place. I know Irish Fisheries always had a problem with the weir going back,' Cllr Snell said.

Cllr Winters said: 'They are thinking of putting in a stepped weir to satisfy the fisheries'.

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